Why forty days?

When we had our babies, we had to spend the first forty days in a darkened room which was meant specially for nursing mothers.Only the bais could come inside to give the mother nd child a bath. And in the evening a stove with burning embers would be kept below the bed to keep the room warm. And the baby was kept for a while enshrouded in smoke.

I was horrified when I heard this description from my mother in law. No wonder it was called a confinement . I think it more appropriate to call it imprisonment. Continue reading